“If a window of opportunity appears, don’t pull down the shade.” Tom Peters
What are your eyes drawn to when you look out your window? The window could be the one in your home, your car, your lens, your eyes, even the inner window where we see things that a camera cannot capture… Whenever I look out my window, I find myself searching for critters with wings, furry animals, colorful flowers, and life in all its forms; large and small. I find that since the Weekly Photo Challenge started on WordPress, I’ve become more conscious of what I photograph and why I am drawn, again and again, to particular visual attractions.
“I don’t like small birds. They hop around so merrily outside my window, looking so innocent. but I know that secretly, they’re watching my every move and plotting to beat me over the head with a large steel pipe and take my shoe.” Jack Handey
I like birds and flowers, and I find that when the opportunity arises, I am happy to capture them on my camera. Oddly, I don’t capture birds well… They flit around and always seem to sense my presence and the fact that I wish to photograph them… We do a dance and then they fly away… So I keep at it, trying to capture them in repose, in mid flight… with minimal success.
“Many a doctrine is like a window pane. We see truth through it but it divides us from truth.” Kahlil Gibran
There is the popular saying that the eyes are the windows to the soul, and what our eyes capture; what our eyes are often drawn to, might indicate where, at least to some degree, our interests lie. For this post, I will share snapshots of what has piqued my interest in the last eight months. I find that most are close to the earth, to nature, to birds of all forms… What calls you? More below and to come. 😉
“Better keep yourself clean and bright. You are the window through which you must see the world.” George Bernard Shaw
The deer I see lounging in my backyard at winter do come back in spring and in summer time too; sometimes with fawn or older stags with antlers in tow. Just like my skittish birds, my stags don’t stick around for the camera, and I am yet to get anything but fuzzy shots of them as they dash away when I move closer to my kitchen window… We have a love/hate relationship. They are beautiful, yet they eat everything in my garden. I tried to plant extras but it didn’t matter… they always win; after all, the land is theirs… Ah, one day, I’ll have photo of a stag and then we will be even!
“Without stirring abroad, one can know the whole world; Without looking out of the window one can see the way of heaven. The further one goes the less one knows.” Lao Tzu
I love water for the many reasons most of us are drawn to water. It is cleansing, healing, the drink of life for everyone and everything under the sun. Without water, we will die, our land will dry up, and all of nature will perish. We might be having mighty rainstorms lately, bothersome, yes, but there is good in replenishing the earth and the water table in arid, dry areas. So when there is turmoil in our lives, we must go inside and seek the abundance in the rains; the showers of grace.
“Art is the window to man’s soul. Without it, he would never be able to see beyond his immediate world; nor could the world see the man within.” Claudia, Lady Bird Johnson
All of nature is art. The squirrel on the wire darts around gathering food; nuts and such, and then he disappears into his home in one of the trees. I wonder why he runs constantly and doesn’t come out much to play… Does he feel like a caged bird? Then, I notice the wild cats lurking… Ugh! Now and then, I see a black squirrel or a family of squirrels but they don’t hang out the way I remember them doing years back. When I close my eyes, I see them all. I could paint them…
Nature, like time, moves forward. Nature goes through changes, affecting all who depend on her for sustenance… I look out the nearest window and I wish for harmony in all things; all things small and large. What about you? What are your thoughts? What do you see through your real and imaginary window? what are you drawn to and why? Do share! Thank you. 😉
This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Find the nearest window. Look outside. What is the most interesting thing you see? What is the least interesting thing? If you don’t have a window, close your eyes and imagine one: what do you see when you look through it?
Positive Motivation Tip: Our eyes are windows to a vast universe that draws us in… Pay attention to what your eyes see more often and seek comfort there.
- Inspiration: Facing Our Window On Life… (eof737.wordpress.com)
- Post of the Day – 7/2/2011 (tercessociety.com)
- The trapped bird (manyhiddeninme.wordpress.com)
- Topic #176: Find the nearest window. (suzirow.wordpress.com)
PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos via my Personal Collection